Homage to Tsitsanis

with: Marina Deligianni, Plastikes Karekles

Event Info

DATE: Saturday 11 June 2016
TIME: doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8pm
VENUE: Bristol Folk House
TICKETS: sold at the door £12.50 / £10.50 students (with valid NUS)

Arguably the greatest icon of Greek music, Vasilis Tsitsanis (1915-1984) lifted Rebetiko from its underground origins, revolutionising its sound through his ingenious creativity. Combining styles and melodies from a range of backgrounds, his music claims its identity through the pain of every common Greek and in turn they honour his tribute by making his works the music of a nation.

Vasilis Tsitsanis


Marina Deligianni, vocalist
Raised in Athens, Marina grew up immersed in Greek folk music and the sounds of Asia Minor where her family background has its roots. Educated at the National Conservatoire of Music, Marina specialised in modern and folk singing. As a performing artist she has worked alongside musicians and vocalists such as Zaharias Karounis, Dimitris Livanos, Angela Greka and many others. In London Marina teaches vocals and is the lead female singer with the group Plastikes Karekles. She is also one of the founding members of the Rebetiko Carnival. Her recording discography includes: "The Secret of the World by Dimitris Livanos, "Emotions of Üsküdar" by Suat Sancar and "Once upon a time in Greece" by plastikes Karekles

Plastikes Karekles, band
"These Greek folk musicians wowed a captivated audience...they had people dancing in the aisles and evoked memories of sunnier climes" - Nottingham Press "Powerfully emotional" -Songlines magazine

An eclectic fusion of international and Greek musicians with roots from traditional Greek folk to classical and jazz. The group is known and appreciated for their own arrangements of music by Theodorakis, Hadjidakis and Xarhakos featuring a fusion of classical string instruments with Greek traditional ones.

More traditional group performances, as will be presented in this evening's performance, show the members tremendous quality of musical ability as they are able to recreate styles from a diverse repertoire ranging from Rebetika to more contemporary composers. The group have appeared at performances and festivals in Greece and elsewhere abroad. In the UK they have performed at Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St David's Hall as part of the Proms, as well as more intimate venues such as the Green Note in Camden Town, London.

The musicians of Plastikes Karekles are also the founding members of the Rebetiko Carnival, a one month festival in June with rebetiko music at its heart. They are dedicated to exposing this treasured music to as many people as possible.

A very important part of Plastikes Karekles work is also education and outreach work. This has taken them to not only mainstream schools, but also special needs homes, hospitals and prisons throughout the UK.

Marina Deligianni
plastikes karekles

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